Pre-application advice

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Pre-application planning advice can be provided by a pre-arranged meeting with a planning officer. For householder applications, we also offer a written advice service without a meeting.  The Council operates a charging scheme for all pre-application advice (see Charges below).


Please select the advice you require

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Householder pre-application advice
a paid pre-application advice service for extensions and alterations to residential properties (householder applications)
 



Pre-application meetings - all other proposals

These are provided at a mutually convenient time, by direct contact with the relevant case officer.

The Council operates a charging scheme for all meetings (see Charges below).

All pre-application and advice meetings will be held at the Council Offices. Officers are unable to hold a site meeting without a prior advice session in the office and the prior deposit of plans or written proposals. If, exceptionally, it is necessary to convene a meeting on site, travel time to and from the site will be charged at the hourly meeting rate.

Help us to help you
In order for you to get the most out of the meeting and for officers to provide you with the best advice on your proposals, you should send us your plans or written proposals well in advance of the meeting. Please use the form and checklist below to ensure you have included the required information.

St Albans City & District Council Pre-application Charges Effective from 1 January 2016


DESCRIPTIONFEE

NUMBER OF MEETINGS
INCLUDED IN COST

COST PER ADDITIONAL 
MEETINGS

SERVICE STANDARD

BAND A 
Significant Major Projects


50 dwellings or more, 
development on land more 
than 5 hectares, 10,000 square metres 
or more for retail, industry, warehousing.

Any development that requires 
an Environmental Impact 
Assessment.

The Council encourages potential 
developers to engage in a  
Planning Performance Agreement 
(PPA) for these proposals.  
Bespoke agreements can be 
agreed with the Council in  
advance of the submission of the
pre-application proposal or at the 
first meeting setting our heads 
of terms.                         

£3000 + VAT =£36001 meeting up to 1 hourIndividually tailored

3 days to acknowledge

Within 4 weeks for meeting to take 
place from acknowledgement

Within 2 weeks after meeting to 
send notes of meetings

Or within 2 weeks to send final response 
after last agreed meeting

BAND B
Major Proposals

BAND B1 
between 10-14 dwellings

£1500 + VAT =£1800
(includes 1 meeting and 
advice letter)

1 meeting lasting up to 1 hour£600 + VAT =£720

3 days to acknowledge

Within 4 weeks for meeting to take  
place from acknowledgement

Within 2 weeks after meeting to  
send notes of meetings

Or within 2 weeks to send final  
response after last agreed meeting

BAND B2 
between 15-24 dwellings

£2000 + VAT = £2400
(includes 1 meeting and  
advice letter)
1 meeting lasting up to 1 hour£600 + VAT = £720

3 days to acknowledge

Within 4 weeks for meeting to take  
place from acknowledgement

Within 2 weeks after meeting to  
send notes of meetings

Or within 2 weeks to send final  
response after last agreed meeting

BAND B3 
between 25-49 dwellings

£2500 + VAT = £3000  
(includes 1 meeting and  
advice letter)
1 meeting lasting up to 1 hour£600 + VAT = £720

3 days to acknowledge

Within 4 weeks for meeting to take  
place from acknowledgement

Within 2 weeks after meeting to  
send notes of meetings

Or within 2 weeks to send final  
response after last agreed meeting

BAND B4 
Change of use between 1000-4999 square metres  
of buildings and land; 
or non-residential development such as 
retail, leisure, industry, warehousing, 
agriculture 

£1500 + VAT = £1800  
(includes 1 meeting and  
advice letter)
1 meeting lasting up to 1 hour£600 + VAT = £720

3 days to acknowledge

Within 4 weeks for meeting to take  
place from acknowledgement

Within 2 weeks after meeting to  
send notes of meetings

Or within 2 weeks to send final  
response after last agreed meeting

BAND B5 
between 1 hectare and 4.99 
hectares for non-residential 
development such as retail, leisure, industry, 
warehousing, agriculture

£2500 + VAT = £3000  
(includes 1 meeting and  
advice letter)
1 meeting lasting up to 1 hour£600 + VAT = £720

3 days to acknowledge

Within 4 weeks for meeting to take  
place from acknowledgement

Within 2 weeks after meeting to  
send notes of meetings

Or within 2 weeks to send final  
response after last agreed meeting

BAND C
Minor Proposals

BAND C1 
Minor Proposals for 1-4 dwellings 
(including replacement dwellings)

£750 + VAT = £900   
(includes 1 meeting and   
advice letter)
1 meeting lasting up to 1 hour£600 + VAT = £720

3 days to acknowledge

Within 4 weeks for meeting to take  
place from acknowledgement

Within 2 weeks after meeting to  
send notes of meetings

Or within 2 weeks to send final  
response after last agreed meeting

BAND C2 
Minor Proposals 5-9 dwellings

£1000 + VAT = £1200   
(includes 1 meeting and   
advice letter)
1 meeting lasting up to 1 hour£600 + VAT = £720

3 days to acknowledge

Within 4 weeks for meeting to take  
place from acknowledgement

Within 2 weeks after meeting to  
send notes of meetings

Or within 2 weeks to send final  
response after last agreed meeting

BAND C3 
Change of use between 1-999 
square metres of buildings and land;  
or non-residential development 
such as retail, leisure, industry, 
warehousing, agriculture, education, 
care home, sui generis use* 

£1000 + VAT = £1200
(includes 1 meeting and   
advice letter)
1 meeting lasting up to 1 hour£600 + VAT = £720

3 days to acknowledge

Within 4 weeks for meeting to take  
place from acknowledgement

Within 2 weeks after meeting to  
send notes of meetings

Or within 2 weeks to send final  
response after last agreed meeting

BAND C4 
Advertisements

£100 + VAT = £120  
(includes 1 meeting and   
advice letter)
1 meeting lasting up to 30 minutesN/A

3 days to acknowledge

Within 3 weeks for meeting to take  
place from acknowledgement

Within 2 weeks after meeting to  
send notes of meetings

BAND D
Householder extensions  
and alterations

BAND D 
Householder extensions 
and alterations

To apply, see Householder Pre-application advice.


 

Either

a) £200 + VAT = £240   
(includes 1 meeting and    
advice letter); or

b) £150 + VAT = £180   
without meeting)

1 meeting lasting up to 30 minutes  
for option (a) only

N/A

Option (a) 
3 days to acknowledge

Within 3 weeks for meeting to take   
place from acknowledgement

Within 3 weeks after meeting to   
send notes of meetings

Option (b) 
Within 3 weeks to send written advice

BAND E

Listed Buildings and Archaeology

BAND E1 
Listed building and/or archaeology advice 
for single residential units and 
curtilage buildings 

Either

a) £150 + VAT = £180    
(includes 1 meeting and    
advice letter); or

b) £100 + VAT = £120    

without meeting)

1 meeting lasting up to 30 minutes   
for option (a). This will take 
place in the Council Offices. 

Option (a)  
3 days to acknowledge

Within 3 weeks for meeting to take    
place from acknowledgement

Within 2 weeks after meeting to    
send notes of meetings

Option (b)  
Within 3 weeks to send written advice

BAND E2 
Listed building and/or archaeology advice 
for other proposals 

£750 + VAT = £900    
(includes 1 meeting and    
advice letter)
1 meeting lasting up to an hour    £600 + VAT = £720

3 days to acknowledge

Within 4 weeks for meeting to take   
place from acknowledgement

Within 2 weeks after meeting to   
send notes of meetings

Or within 2 weeks to send final   
response after last agreed meeting


* This gives an indication of the types of changes of use.


Payment must be received in advance of the meeting.  The Council reserves the right to invoice any unpaid sums owed, which will be subject to our usual credit control procedures.  These charges are reviewed on a regular basis.  

For further information, please contact:

The Planning Department 
St Albans City and District Council 
St Peter's Street 
St Albans   AL1 3JE 
Email: planning@stalbans.gov.uk

Advice from Historic England

Historic England (HE) offer a separate pre-application service for applications where they would be a statutory consultee.  If the proposed planning application affects designated heritage assets, listed building consent, faculty consent and scheduled monument consent and Historic England would be consulted, it is worthwhile using this service to check the likely response. For further information and advice from Historic England, please click here


Advice from the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency offer a separate pre-application service.  If the proposed development site is a hectare or more, in flood zones 2 or 3, close to a watercourse or on potentially contaminated land it is worthwhile using this service to check the likely EA response at planning stage. 

For further information and advice from the Environment Agency, please click here.

Building Futures - Sustainability measures and design

building futures

Building Futures is a web-based guide designed to provide practical, user-friendly and up-to-date guidance for applicants on how to include measures to improve sustainability within their designs. It focuses on making development in Hertfordshire more sustainable and of a higher quality in design terms.

Planning Aid

Planning Aid provides free, independent and professional planning advice and support to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay planning consultant fees. It complements the work of local planning authorities, but is wholly independent of them.

Contact details:
The Planning Advisor;
PO Box 1225, Kenninghall, Norwich, NR16 2WR;
Tel: 0870 850 9801 
E-mail:eecw@planningaid.rtpi.org.uk

Planning Aid provides free initial advice to all callers but more detailed help will only be provided to individuals and groups that meet their eligibility criteria.

Date of last review: 28 February 2017